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Senior leadership team.

Over 50 years combined experience - leading high-performing teams in venture capital and beyond.

Nic Brisbourne

CEO + Managing Partner

Nic Brisbourne

CEO + Managing Partner

Nic is the founder and CEO of Forward Partners. He has worked in venture capital in London and Silicon Valley for over 20 years. Prior to founding Forward in 2013, he was a founding Partner at leading venture capital firm Draper Esprit. Before entering the venture capital industry he worked as a strategy consultant for Gemini Consulting and at London based startup Operis Group plc.

Outside of Forward he’s a proud husband and father of two teenage kids and a long-time season ticket holder at Chelsea Football Club. He’s developed a keen interest in mindfulness and philosophy that’s proved to be a great asset at home, at work and as a supporter of the aforementioned club.

Jasel Mehta

COO + Partner, Studio

Jasel Mehta

COO + Partner, Studio

Jasel runs the team delivering value-added services to our partner companies, from early-stage idea through to launch and anywhere in between. This includes product strategy, customer experience, brand development, technology services, growth marketing, talent, PR and more (breathe). He has a background in building and running teams developing innovative products and experiences for some of the world’s most celebrated brands. This included 13 years at AKQA on clients including Audi, Coca Cola, Nike and Nissan.

When not working, J’s a proud father of two, loves to travel and watching his favourite football team.

Lloyd Smith

CFO + Executive Director

Lloyd Smith

CFO + Executive Director

Lloyd joined Forward from the ATI Group, a provider of legal technology, software and information services,  where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at several of its UK and Ireland businesses. Prior to joining ATI, he spent five years in audit at EY and four years in PwC’s Deals Team working with a mix of private equity firms, AIM-listed businesses, banks and other private companies.

Matt Bradley

CIO + Partner, Investment

Matt Bradley

CIO + Partner, Investment

Matthew used to work on trading floors at Lloyds and BarCap before seeing the light. Following an MBA at SDA Bocconi and before joining us he became an entrepreneur and investor in his own right.

Matt splits his time between investments and working across the portfolio.

Investment Team

A bold bunch of entrepreneurial and analytical thinkers. We love to get stuck in - working with founders to find ways around big early-stage challenges.

Luke Smith

Partner + Investor

Luke Smith

Partner + Investor

Luke joined Forward Partners from REV Venture Partners, a corporate VC, where he was responsible for deal origination, investment due diligence and portfolio reporting. He was previously a consultant with the strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman, where he worked across the retail, aviation, healthcare and FMCG sectors. Luke originally planned a career in science and he holds a PhD in biochemistry. His focus at Forward Partners is on sourcing and executing new investments.

Esha Vasta

Senior Investor

Esha Vasta

Senior Investor

Esha is a Senior Investor at Forward Partners. Her focus at Forward is on executing new investments and working with the portfolio. Over the past 5 years, she has invested in and worked with European technology start-ups at the earliest stages - from idea /pre-seed to Series A - and has a particular interest in B2B SaaS. She completed her MBA at London Business School, before which she worked in India as a transactions advisor across financial services and energy sectors.

Megha Prakash

Investor

Megha Prakash

Investor

Megha is an investor at Forward Partners. She started her career as a tech & media coverage banker at Goldman Sachs in New York, which is where she says she “caught the tech bug”. She also worked as a generalist M&A banker for several years at Goldman Sachs London.

Prior to Forward she built her own startup Earthmiles which provided a B2B2C gamified wellbeing platform to SMEs in the UK and internationally. 

Outside of Forward she has a huge passion for wellbeing and the quantified self, and spends her free time on word puzzles, pilates and reading everything she possibly can.

Ella Shen

Investor

Ella Shen

Investor

Ella joins Forward following VC fellowships at Hummingbird, Verve, and Common Ocean. She draws upon her institutional experience in Sales and Trading at Goldman Sachs and Management Consulting at KPMG to help founders grow dreams into reality.

Moving from New York and completing the Master of Finance at the University of Cambridge she’s now made a home in London. Apart from Forward, Ella is an information and music junkie and can be found jogging along the canal around 6:15am most weekdays. On other days she watches Netflix while waiting for singularity to happen and reminiscing on the sound of dial-up Internet in its days of infancy.

Studio Team

A driven group of startup growth experts, ready to roll up our sleeves and build with our founders, whether they need new tech or stronger sales operations.

Natalie Falconer

Head of People

Natalie Falconer

Head of People

Nat is Head of People & Talent at Forward. Nat has previously worked in start ups, scale ups and larger corporates in a People/Talent and Employment capacity. Nat has previous VC experience working for Kindred Capital VC and been a founder herself in HR Tech. Nat is passionate about nailing the basics for companies when it comes to their People and is on a continual train to move away from traditional HR and move into impactful people projects with a heavy slant on psychology within the workplace and beyond, allowing people to be their best self always.

Jared Ruddy

Head of Marketing

Jared Ruddy

Head of Marketing

Growth wrangler. Marketer. Customer champion.

Jared has spent his career building great customer experiences. He's started up. Sold. Built new things, including a newspaper. A robot dog. An omni-directional wheelchair. The most visible screen in London. And for a time, the world's biggest picture. Before Forward he led marketing and growth for Marketplace business Plentific, helping them to pivot, scale their business across Europe and raise a $30m round.

Rachel Grewal

Head of Talent

Rachel Grewal

Head of Talent

As a highly experienced Talent and People Leader, Rachel's background is in scaling businesses strategically in multiple geographies and coaching teams of recruiters to be their best.

During her career Rachel has worked for scale-ups with a focus on tech talent, taking a startup tech consultancy from 60 to 600 people over 4 years, and she has worked to bring about strategic change in larger organisations such as the Financial Times.

Her influence extends to proactively impacting culture and talent development, retention and DE&I practices, influencing senior leadership teams and challenging the way an organisation is developing.

Josh Collie

Senior Product Designer

Josh Collie

Senior Product Designer

Josh is a Product Designer in the Studio team helping Forward's portfolio companies design products, craft brands and test their ideas. Formally educated in software development he took the decision to follow his passion rather than his education and has since helped Google, YouTube and Moneybox build their products.  He finds happiness in helping founders realise their potential and creating value with their products.

He loves everything design from physical products to interiors and architecture but spends too much time thinking about eSports, consumerism and crypto.

Ruben Portz

Senior Growth Manager

Ruben Portz

Senior Growth Manager

Ruben has a background in technical marketing. Before joining the studio team he was the Head of Growth at Seneca Learning helping them scale to over 6 million students and expand internationally. Combining his engineering and marketing skills he both enjoys digging into SQL datasets and building his own web apps, as well as engaging with customers and finding the most efficient ways to bring new products to market.

Chloé Quesnel

Senior Frontend Web Developer

Chloé Quesnel

Senior Frontend Web Developer

Chloé has moved to London to pursue a career as a web developer after graduating with two MSc in engineering. She has six years of digital agency experience building various sized projects. As a front-end developer she loves being at the point at which design meets tech. As part of Forward's Studio team, Chloe spends her time working on a variety of projects for our portofilo companies.

Ann-Marie Rossiter

Senior Marketing Manager

Ann-Marie Rossiter

Senior Marketing Manager

Ann-Marie has almost a decade's worth of experience building and scaling startups in the UK tech industry. From luxury travel and corporate events to robotic process automation, she loves challenger brands with a killer idea. Passionate about ESG initiatives, Ann-Marie has implemented many programmes in her previous roles to support charities tackling homelessness and helping young people and women into careers within the tech sector.

At Forward, Ann-Marie is responsible for our brand and building experiences that founders love, whilst supporting the growing businesses in our portfolio via the Studio.

Operations

An experienced team of operators and strategists who literally ensure we keep the lights on.

Katrina Lytton

Chief of Staff

Katrina Lytton

Chief of Staff

Katrina started her career at KPMG before moving into venture capital five years ago where she was responsible for supporting portfolio companies and CEOs, primarily in the consumer sector. She thrives on connecting with individuals, understanding what motivates them and supporting them with challenges and decision-making. She has a particular interest in psychology and wellbeing and is a regular runner and yogi. In her spare time she enjoys exploring new gastronomic hotspots.

Allen Browning

Finance Director

Allen Browning

Finance Director

Allen is a seasoned chartered accountant qualifying with Grant Thornton. His early career was spent in the booming telecommunications sector of the 90's. He then undertook numerous Interim Finance Director roles focused on Private Equity backed companies where he was involved with start-ups, company turnarounds and M&A work. Following the successful trade sale of his last company Allen has joined Forward Partners to assist the company on its next exciting phase.

Dahlia Jacobs

Head of Finance

Dahlia Jacobs

Head of Finance

Dahlia joined Forward Partners in 2018 as Financial Controller. Following qualification as a chartered accountant, Dahlia has over 10 years experience in providing professional services across a broad range of finance areas including compliance, tax, business process, audit, financial reporting and M&A. Prior to joining Forward Partners, Dahlia has worked across startups, SMEs and larger corporates; holding senior finance positions within the Real Estate, Tech, Aeronautical & Transport and Education sectors.

John Whitworth

Senior Financial Analyst

John Whitworth

Senior Financial Analyst

John has had a career in finance for nearly Thirty years, holding a variety of positions from management accounting through to financial and data analysis. Latterly, John has held senior analytical roles in the Aeronautical and Real Estate sectors concentrating on streamlining of financial reporting and processes as well as managing data manipulation and migrations.

A proud father of 3 girls, John loves nothing more than getting out on his bike and hitting the trails (as well as a few country pubs en route!).

Mo Faye

Culture Manager and EA to CEO

Mo Faye

Culture Manager and EA to CEO

Mo works as a Culture Manager and EA to Nic Brisbourne. Mo is passionate about creating a fun and inclusive working culture, creating events and supporting the team at Forward. She joins us from the brands Ecover and Method and has previously worked in the arts and events. At Ecover & Method, she supported the leadership team, managed the office and created events.

Advances Team

Forward’s very own startup team - working to revolutionise growth financing for digital SMEs.

Dave Carter

Head of Operations

Dave Carter

Head of Operations

Prior to joining Forward Advances, Dave was at McKinsey & Co for 5 years and spent time working in Toronto before coming back to the UK. Since then, he's been working with start-ups to help them grow, scale and mature. A proud pawrent to his two dogs Winnie and Dolly, Dave is currently also restoring a Chevy Pickup.

Satnaam Dusanj

Head of Revenue

Satnaam Dusanj

Head of Revenue

Prior to Advances, Satnaam was one of the first hires at Funding Options, leading its sales & commercial team to become one of the largest SME credit brokers in the UK. He deeply admires (and envies) business owners and founders. In his own words, they're truly a special breed in how they risk so much of their time and energy to building great companies. Outside of work, you'll find him swimming, cycling and running, and never in that order.

Joe Foster

Senior Credit Risk Manager

Joe Foster

Senior Credit Risk Manager

Joe joined us from Credit Portfolio Management at Barclays, where he focused on the pricing and structuring of debt facilities across the Retail, Tech & Media, and Real Estate sectors. Joe is passionate about the mental health of young people, and a trustee of The Wolfpack Project, a charity dedicated to reducing loneliness and social isolation amongst young adults.

Tara Hunt

Marketing Manager

Tara Hunt

Marketing Manager

Tara has worked in both corporate and start-up environments across a range of Financial and Fintech spaces, including a private markets investment platform, an insurance house and most recently, revenue-based financing.Tara is passionate about working with innovative SMEs with a particular love for burger start-ups.

Sam Wright

Growth Associate

Sam Wright

Growth Associate

Sam studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. During this time, he began to explore his entrepreneurial interests, utilising his passion and knowledge for fashion to launch a fashion re-marketing business. Sam has spent time in the Corporate, Start-up and Scale-up space and joins us from the Commercial team at JustPark, where he helped establish the fastest-growing EV charging network in the U.K alongside his participation on the NEF+ program.

Dilbara Esenbek

Credit Risk Analyst

Dilbara Esenbek

Credit Risk Analyst

Dilbara started her career at a commercial bank in Central Asia. As a Head of Underwriting, she managed the SME and corporate loan portfolio. To pivot into the fintech industry, she joined MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School. Dilbara is passionate about digital lending and start-ups.

Euan Dixon

Account Executive

Euan Dixon

Account Executive

Euan is one of our resident antipodeans, having joined us from New Zealand. With a background in business strategy and development, Euan will be supporting our diverse range of clients. An All Blacks supporter and a full-on adrenaline junkie, Euan is looking forward to building greater connections with our Advances clients and helping them grow. Outside of work, Euan loves outdoor sports and recently completed his first half-marathon in Copenhagen.

Nick Shastri

Associate Credit Risk Analyst

Nick Shastri

Associate Credit Risk Analyst

Nick graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Industrial Economics. After graduating, he started his entrepreneur journey in the design space which evolved into various businesses including a clothing brand and brand agency.

Alongside design, Nick has a background in Data Analytics, E-commerce & SME Lending. Nick is passionate about start-ups and businesses with a keen interest in developing innovative finance products and creating businesses to solve lucrative problems.

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2021 Annual Report

We look back at a strong 2021, and outline our pragmatic approach to 2022, in our 2021 Annual Report.